Cumberland Valley and Villanova graduate Hunter Schryver has quickly made his way up the ranks of minor league baseball.
He was selected in the seventh round of the 2017 draft, 199th overall, by the Tampa Bay Rays, was acquired by the Chicago White Sox in 2018 to play for their High-A affiliate and now he’s pitching in Triple-A for the Charlotte Knights. In barely two years he’s now one phone call away from Major League Baseball.
The southpaw currently sits at 2-1 with 15.1 innings pitched, 22 strikeouts and an ERA of 4.11 in 2019.
The Knights (59-53) head to Pennsylvania for a series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, starting Friday at 7:05.
Schryver answered a few questions over email before his return to his home state.
Q: You’ve recently been promoted to Triple-A. How has the change been treating you?
A: So far, so good. I’m thrilled to be here and am just trying to make the most of this new opportunity.
Q: Did you ever think you’d be moving up so quickly?
A: Definitely not at all. I was just thinking about where I was just two years ago at this point when I was first drafted and in rookie ball. It has truly been a wild ride.
Q: What has clicked to help you advance three levels in the past year?
A: Just being able to consistently throw strikes and get ahead of hitters. No one at any level likes to hit when they are behind in the count and forced to hit my pitches.
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Q: What has the Chicago organization done to help you?
A: Since coming over in the trade, we have played around with my fastball a little bit to give me a little edge. Nothing too crazy, but it has definitely been useful this season.
Q: How are you liking Charlotte?
A: I love it so far — it is definitely my favorite city that I’ve been in thus far. There is just a different energy at the park every night.
Q: After moving around so much away from home, how does it feel to be coming back, even just for a little bit?
A: It feels great, but it’s a little bit of a tease for sure. I’m excited to get back in places I’m somewhat familiar with.
Q: Anyone you’re excited to see while you’re here?
A: I have a lot of family and friends coming that I’m most looking forward to getting to spend a little bit of time with.
Q: Anything you’re looking forward to in the series against the IronPigs?
A: Just being able to play in another new place. I love having the opportunity to step on the field in so many cities across the country.
Q: How does it feel to be so close to the majors?
A: It is definitely surreal. It doesn’t feel too much different for me at the moment, but I know in the back of my head how big that next step really is.
Q: What’s it going to take to get that call-up?
A: I think I need to just prove that I can be consistent at this level like I have at prior levels. If I can do that, I hope it’s only a matter of time.